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Israel's First Decade

On the occasion of Israel's 60 Independence Day, I have uploaded a selection of photos published 50 years ago, on Israel's 10th Independence Day.

Typically for the time and place, most of the photos deal with collective experiences and man-manned environment rather than with individual experiences or nature's beauty. Many photographers focused on documenting Israel's achievements, and not because they were enlisted for that job. They were simply, genuinely overwhelmed by the existence and development of the young state.

All the photos are scans from the book "Be'Asor Le'Yisrael" (On Israel's Decade), edited by Avraham Herman and Yigael Yadin. There are no individual credits for the photos.

Druze pilgrimage to Nebi Shu'eib
Masada Publishing

Druze pilgrimage to Nebi Shu'eib

Nebi Shu'eib is one of the main holy sites of the Druze faith, who began in the 11th century as an offshoot of Islam. The site is believed to be the burial place of Jethro, Moses' father in law, who is a central prophet for the Druze.

This site is very close to the Horns of Hattin, where Saladin's Muslims defeated the Crucaders in 1187.

On the back are Mt Arbel (right) and Mt Nitai (left) and behind them is the Sea of Galilee. Thanks to Yair for the correction!

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Uploaded: April 27, 2008
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